Akash Vani

Akash Vani

Masters Student

Universität Heidelberg

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Hi, I am Akash! Currently, I am a Masters Thesis student at the Astronomisches Rechen-Institut (ARI), Univeristy of Heidelberg, Germany. I am working on my thesis with Prof Andreas Just on the Milky Way's dynamics.

My Masters coursework in Heidelberg:

  • Core courses: Astronomical Techniques, Cosmology, General Relativity, Theoretical Astrophysics
  • Specialisation: Stellar Astrophysics, Galactic and Extragalactic Astronomy, Dynamics of Galaxies, Star Clusters and Planetary Systems (Advance Seminar)
  • Select Electives: Introduction to GPU Accelerated Computing, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Startup Lab 2020, Solving problems on Quantum hardware
I am interested in observational and simulation based Galactic and Stellar Astronomy and Astophysics.

Interests
  • Galactic Astronomy
  • Milky Way Dynamics
  • Stellar Physics
  • Quantum Computing
Education
  • MSc in Physics, July 2022 (Expected)

    Universität Heidelberg, Germany

  • BSc in Physics, June 2019

    Savitribai Phule Pune University, India

Experience

 
 
 
 
 
Summer Student
Sep 2021 – Sep 2021 Heidelberg, Germany
16th Heidelberg Summer School, a week long virtual summer school based on Stellar Ecosystems at IMPRS-Heidelberg
 
 
 
 
 
Summer Student
Aug 2021 – Aug 2021 Caltech, USA
ZTF Summer School 2021, a week long virtual summer school focused on the theme of Variable stars.
 
 
 
 
 
Summer Student
Nov 2020 – Nov 2020 Byurakan, Armenia
A week-long Summer (Virtual) School based on data-driven astronomy along with hands on tutorials.
 
 
 
 
 
Summer Student
Jun 2019 – Jul 2019 Kolkata, India
Summer Student Fellowship for a Summer School based on the theme of ‘Quantum Information and Technology’.
 
 
 
 
 
Project Student
Jun 2018 – Jan 2019 Pune, India
Completed my Bachelors Project titled ‘Photometric Calibration of UVIT’ (An Ultra Violet Imaging Telescope onboard Astrosat)

Select Courses

Online Certification and Courses

Strategic Management and Innovation (Specialization)
Courses Completed:
  • Strategic Management
  • Strategy Formulation
  • Strategy Implementation
  • Strategic Management - Capstone Project
See certificate
Python for Everybody (Specialization)
Courses Completed
  • Python Data Structures
  • Using Databases with Python
  • Programming for Everybody (Getting Started with Python)
  • Using Python to Access Web Data
  • Capstone: Retrieving, Processing, and Visualizing Data with Python
See certificate
Number Theory and Cryptography
An introcutory couse on Cryptography using Modular Exponentiation
See certificate
Welcome to Game Theory
Introductory course on Nash Equilibrium and its application
See certificate

Key Projects

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Deep Learning in Astronomy

Deep Learning in Astronomy

Setting up a simple neural network to classify the morphology of a galaxy.

Quantum Key Distribution- BB84 & E91 Protocol

Quantum Key Distribution- BB84 & E91 Protocol

Demonstrating two QKD protocols- BB84 and E91 on the IBMQ quantum computer.

Spectral and timing study of LMXB system 4U 1702-429 using Astrosats X-Ray data

Spectral and timing study of LMXB system 4U 1702-429 using Astrosats X-Ray data

Studying the X-Ray emission from the Low Mass X-Ray Binary (LMXB) system 4U-1702-429 using LAXPC.

Introduction to Polarimetry

Introduction to Polarimetry

A literature survey and a presentation on the basics of polarimetry, covering the topics of Jones and Stokes formalism and material interactions with a hands-on laboratory component.

CPT synthesis of layered BiOI nanodiscs and its photocatalytic applications

CPT synthesis of layered BiOI nanodiscs and its photocatalytic applications

Synthesizing Bismuth Oxyiodide (BiOI) nanodiscs and exploring its photocatalytic applications.

Photometric Calibration of UVIT

Photometric Calibration of UVIT

Bachelors project on the theme of Photometric Calibration of UVIT, an UV Imaging Telescope onboard AstroSat.

Publications

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